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Tambunan Rafflesia Reserve

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  • Excellent25%
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  • Average26%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
Mar 28, 2019
“An unusual plant in an unusual setting”
Aug 31, 2018
“Got to see the flower”
Kota Kinabalu_Tambunan Highway | 59 km from Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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Reviewed March 28, 2019

Local people own this land and the plant takes a long time to flower and quickly dies. It isn't for everyone but to see a 50cm plant in bloom for about £5, is worth it in my view. The adorable 12 year old guide, spoke...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank juliebarrett1964
Reviewed August 31, 2018

I was expecting to enter a big, highly commercialized flower farm; but to surprise, my driver stopped at a hut along the Main road. There were about three other vehicles, all with Japanese tourists. Paid MYR10 , signed a logbook and walked through what looked...More

Date of experience: August 2018
5  Thank C L
Reviewed August 20, 2018

It is not always there so you need a guide. When it has flower you will see a banner posted. Quite interesting but you have to endure the trip. Quite far.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed March 9, 2018

The plants when in flower are large nearly a metre across. Check something is in flower before visiting

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Stephen L
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Don't set off for this place unless you have definite information that it is open. We could not find out for sure and had a wasted long difficult trip. It looked like it had not been open for a while.

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank Ian S
Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

We were so lucky to get to see a full bloom that was 3 days old as well as see another bud working it’s way. We were told that this wasn’t a normal time for bloom so being able to see one was even more...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank mermaidlisa
Reviewed December 26, 2017

We drove 2 hours from Kota Kinabalu only to find that the centre was closed until further notice. Unfortunately no one has updated the website and so it still appears open.

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank John H
Reviewed December 8, 2017 via mobile

We drove all the way to be here to see Rafflesia but the place is closed for maintenance. Why there is no announcement to public and we were so disappointed.

Date of experience: December 2017
4  Thank LoveSunlight
Reviewed November 9, 2017

Before going there get info on the presence of flowers which last just over a week and could be absent for up to 9 months

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Bruno F
Reviewed September 4, 2017

Managed to see one in bloom and one dying out. However, $20 per person was a bit steep for an entrance fee for a very short walk/hike into the growth area. it only took us 10 minutes to complete everything.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank asiantraveller101
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December 8, 2016|
Response from 808tkn | Reviewed this property |
Best way is go to Trip Advisor and book thru them
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November 21, 2016|
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Response from MansiOza | Reviewed this property |
I saw in March and at that time there we two fully bloomed Rafflesia, 3-4 in blooming stage and 2 dead. Since the flower take 6 months to bloom, there is no as such season. You can check with local tour guide to take you to... More
March 13, 2016|
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Response from Paul C | Reviewed this property |
Can hire a car and drive. Road has some twists and is hilly, but is sealed all the way. Be careful if is wet as can find areas with loads of water on road. Take your time on drive and will be fine. Would suggest that you... More